Hodgson wants to Palace to focus on the league

DONCASTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Doncaster Rovers and Crystal Palace at Keepmoat Stadium on February 17, 2019 in Doncaster, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONCASTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Doncaster Rovers and Crystal Palace at Keepmoat Stadium on February 17, 2019 in Doncaster, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The English Premier League team reached the FA Cup Quarterfinals after a 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Crystal Palace continues advancing in the 2018-2019 FA Cup.

The English Premier League team has reached the Quarterfinals after defeating Football League Two side Doncaster Rovers 2-0.

But for manager Roy Hodgson, the key competition his team needs to be focused on is the English Premier League.

“We are happy to be in the draw and we would like to do well in the cup, but we would like even more to stay in the Premier League,” said the Palace boss to Sky Sports.

“That’s always the priority, as seen by today when we were able to rest one or two players.”

“Sooner or later [in the cup] you will meet Manchester City or either Manchester United or Chelsea, so it’s a question of when that happens because then you will have a really tough tie. The important thing is to take each game as it comes,” he added.

“The second came at a very good moment just before half-time.”

“We would have been happy to go in at 1-0 let alone 2-0 up. It gave us that cushion and in the second half, we were able to make changes that shored us up a bit better,” he said.

“It was a very tough game. We had prepared for that. We knew Doncaster Rovers were a good football team and we had seen enough from our research to know that.”

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Crystal Palace is currently in the 13th position of the English Premier League table. The team is just three points ahead of 18th-place Southampton.

“Luckily I was able to really imprint that in the minds of our players and there was never going to be any complacency on our part,” he continued.

“In fact, Doncaster were every bit as good as I thought they might be, perhaps even slightly better.”

“The pitch was a bit of a factor which evened things out and Doncaster probably dealt with how firm and bumpy it was better than we did,” he said.

“I thought both teams tried to play good football. In the end, we are delighted to come through on the right side and go into the quarter-finals.”